6 tips for better line spacing in your typography

Is your customer having a tough time reading the text on your design? Maybe it’s time to check the line spacing. Line spacing, or “leading”, is the amount of space between the baselines of each line of text. Correct leading is important because it gives multiple lines of text optimum legibility. The word “leading” comes from... Read More

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3 simple steps to become a better designer

All designers get stuck – especially in the beginning of their career. They may experience short bursts of inspiration, but transforming that success into steady work can be daunting. This often happens when a designer hasn’t solidified their routine or fails to stick to it consistently. If you find yourself falling into this trap, try... Read More

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How to design a successful infographic

Everybody loves a pretty picture – but when it comes to showcasing more complex content, how do you keep it short and sweet? Many designers turn to infographics as a way to simplify complicated information. By replacing charts with playful visuals and only showcasing the most important data, you can tell a better story that... Read More

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6 principles of visual hierarchy for designers

First there were stone tablets, papyrus scrolls and paper. Then came computer screens and electronic tablets. As the technology to display a page evolves, it remains the designer’s job to arrange the content clearly. But what’s the best way?  It’s an increasingly important question, as responsive frameworks force designers to think about many different pages at... Read More

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How to create a playful business monster icon

Today we’re going to have some fun with mobile app design. The most widely used apps are either business or gaming-oriented. Typically they remain separate, but what if you were to combine them? Say hello to the cute business monster icon. This is going to be done in Photoshop and I’ll guide you step by... Read More

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Using a well-known symbol? Consider public domain

Public domain images can be a great resource for designers of all types. You just have to make sure you actually understand what this means. Just because an image is publicly available, does not mean it is public domain (sorry, Google search masters). Public domain is an intellectual property designation that applies to images whose... Read More

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How to create PNG files of your logo in Illustrator

PNG (Portable Network Graphics) files are raster, web-based files that don’t lose quality when compressed. They are best used for displaying images on the web, and are one of the essential file formats to deliver to your logo design clients. Clients need a PNG file (in addition to the other required file types) so that they can... Read More

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We’re kicking off 99designs x 99U this May!

We’ve been big fans of 99U for a long time. It’s a fantastic blog full of unending insight for creatives. So we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with them to bring you some of their best content via The Creative Edge (or as it’s more commonly known, the 99designs’ Designer Blog)! We’re calling it 99designs... Read More

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A guide on Photoshop layer styles

Photoshop layer styles provide you with incredible versatility to achieve the look you’re going for and can be a real time saver. However, they can significantly slow down Photoshop’s performance if used improperly. Learn how to get the best out of them by following this simple guide. You have 2 main options for using layer... Read More

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6 super-useful Chrome extensions for designers

If you are a Chrome user, you probably love it for it’s speed and simplicity. However, no matter how much you like simplicity, sooner or later you’ll need will add some extra functionality you desperately need. In such cases, it’s extensions to the rescue. If you were a Firefox user before you switched to Chrome (or perhaps... Read More

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